The Mother Jones Podcast

The Mother Jones Podcast
Each episode will go deep on a big story you’ll definitely want to hear more about. We’ll share with you our best investigations (think private prisons, electoral skullduggery, Dark Money, and Trump’s Russia connections), and informative interviews with our reporters and newsmakers. We’re hoping to make your week more informed with the stories that really matter, told by us, the folks you trust for smart, fearless reporting.

Naomi Klein’s Blistering Warning: Fight for Your Lives.
Oct 9 • 41 min
Naomi Klein issues a dire warning: failing to act against the climate crisis will be catastrophic. But it’s not too late to fight.
Trump’s Unexplained $50 Million Loan. Is It Tax Fraud?
Oct 2 • 21 min
A Mother Jones investigation has uncovered new information about a puzzling Trump deal.
History Comes Knocking for Donald Trump
Sep 24 • 24 min
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces historic impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump.
I’m Racist. You’re Racist. The System Is Racist. Now What?
Sep 18 • 21 min
In “How to Be An Antiracist,” author and professor Ibram X. Kendi combines searing autobiography with pointed analysis to show just how deeply racism is woven into our national—and global—fabric.
Searing 9/11 Stories from the Day that Changed Everything
Sep 11 • 26 min
On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a new book recasts one of America’s darkest days in strikingly personal terms by weaving together survival stories in minute-by-minute detail.
“Our President Is Unstable”: A Senator Tears into Trump’s Reckless Racism
Sep 4 • 31 min
Senator Jeff Merkley was one of the first national politicians to blow the whistle on the Trump administration’s detention of unaccompanied migrant children on the southern border.
Rapsody’s Newest Album Is a Rapturous Celebration of Black Womanhood
Aug 28 • 21 min
Grammy-nominated rapper Rapsody joins host Jamilah King to discuss art, politics, and what keeps her going in these turbulent political times.
A Radical Idea for Reclaiming Our Toxic Reality
Aug 21 • 21 min
Science journalist Ziya Tong joins Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn to explain how, despite the many wonders of the human brain, we suffer from “scale blindness”, a dangerous state that hardwires us to melt in the face of vast global problems.…
Epstein, QAnon, and the Conspiracist in Chief
Aug 14 • 20 min
The Mother Jones Podcast talks to writer Anna Merlan about why sinister conspiracy theories have become even more dangerous and destructive thanks to President Donald Trump.
El Paso’s Nightmare Is America’s New Normal
Aug 7 • 28 min
In the wake of twin shooting tragedies that killed 31 people over the weekend, Mother Jones takes you to El Paso.
Trump Killed the Era of Great American Diplomacy
Jul 31 • 32 min
Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery sits down with award-winning journalist George Packer, whose new book, “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century,” chronicles the life of an American foreign policy giant.
Gun-Safety Activist Shannon Watts on How to Fight Like a Mom and Beat the NRA
Jul 24 • 30 min
One-on-one with gun control advocate Shannon Watts, on how to fight like a mom, and take on the NRA.
Critic Emily Nussbaum Says You Should Never Feel Shame for Loving that TV Show
Jul 17 • 23 min
An interview with one of our favorite writers and thinkers, the Pulitzer prize-winning TV critic for the New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum.
An Unaccompanied Minor’s Online Detective Work Is Giving Hope to Others
Jul 10 • 31 min
We bring you his story of Carlos, who came to America as an unaccompanied minor, and how he turned to Facebook to make a family of his own.
“Intentional Cruelty”: AOC Tells Us What She Saw Inside a Migrant Detention Center
Jul 3 • 16 min
Exclusive interview: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks to Mother Jones about conditions inside three highly fortified migrant detention facilities.
Tennessee Is Accelerating Executions. I Went to See Why.
Jul 3 • 23 min
We take you deep inside the system that sustains the world’s harshest punishment.
Betrayal. Torture. Escape. An American ISIS Wife’s Exclusive Tell-All.
Jun 26 • 30 min
An American woman says she was tortured by ISIS, survived the US-led assault on Raqqa, and escaped the Islamic State. Now she faces a terror trial.
Inside an ISIS Prison
Jun 19 • 24 min
In this installment of our “Behind the Lines” podcast series, Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer tours an abandoned ISIS prison with a former inmate who recounts the atrocities that happened there.
My Secret Journey to the War America Can’t Escape
Jun 12 • 31 min
From an abandoned ISIS prison to the frontlines of a proxy war fueled by oil, Shane Bauer’s exclusive, on-the-ground reporting in Syria presents America’s role in one of the 21st century’s bloodiest conflicts.
Happy Pride. Here’s What We’re Fighting For.
Jun 5 • 24 min
Happy Pride. Let’s go to the beach.
The Only State Lawmaker Who Lives on the Border
May 29 • 23 min
There are more than 7,000 state legislators in the US, and many of them, it seems, want to do something about the border. But there’s only one state lawmaker who actually lives there.
Women Are Under Attack and Fighting Back
May 22 • 35 min
The key to covering the 2020 election? More women.
Julián Castro’s Anti-Trump Border Battle
May 15 • 29 min
Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro spoke with Mother Jones for an exclusive interview at one of his favorite restaurants in San Antonio. He told our own immigration reporter Fernanda Echavarri that he’s still preaching patience—even though he’s…
Trump Is Rigging the Census
May 8 • 28 min
The Trump administration wants to add a question to the US census that asks about a respondent’s citizenship. On this week’s show, host Jamilah King talks about this with the ACLU’s Dale Ho, who recently argued against the government—and this citizenship…
Want Access? Pay Your Way to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.
May 1 • 24 min
This week, we unravel the mystery around the strange, swampy saga of President Donald Trump and a Florida spa entrepreneur.
Doug Jones Explains How to Win in the South
Apr 24 • 27 min
Alabama Senator Doug Jones talks about what he’s learned since taking office and how the Dems can turn the tide in the South.
The Mueller Report Is the Opposite of an Exoneration
Apr 18 • 16 min
On today’s special edition of the show, host Jamilah King talks to Washington D.C. bureau chief David Corn about the ways in which Mueller has demonstrated the Trump-Russia scandal is neither a hoax nor a conspiracy theory, and how, even if Trump has not…
Columbine Changed Everything
Apr 17 • 31 min
For this week’s 20th anniversary of the Columbine attack, we ask: What’s changed in the last two decades in the way the media covers mass shootings? And what has changed in our resolve to finally do something about this crisis?
How One Border Town Beat Extremist Vigilantes
Apr 10 • 25 min
Today, we look at how one border town banded together to fight hate—and won. Host Jamilah King sits down with journalist Eric Reidy to talk about what went down in Arivaca, Arizona, and how the rest of America can learn from the struggle.
Mayor Pete’s Plan to Beat Trump
Apr 3 • 53 min
Can an openly gay war-veteran millennial become president in 2020? Pete Buttigieg, aka Mayor Pete, says he knows how to beat Trump.
Donald Trump Should Probably Stop Dancing in the Street
Mar 27 • 27 min
We all craved a clear resolution after special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr over the weekend—no such luck. Jamilah King hosts David Corn, Washington, DC, Bureau Chief, and national security and foreign…
Mueller Is Done. Trump Is About To Go Nuclear.
Mar 22 • 12 min
A special breaking news edition of the Mother Jones Podcast: Mueller is done. Cue Trump’s rage.
How Tech Giants Gave the NZ Shooter More Firepower
Mar 20 • 31 min
In a horrific attack crafted by the internet and for the internet, the Christchurch shooter exploited giant tech companies—who have proven themselves unable or unwilling to stop the spread of hate speech on their platforms. Host Jamilah King chats with…
Now Is the Time to Freak Out
Mar 13 • 29 min
Host Jamilah King chats with David Wallace Wells, the author of a vividly distressing new book about the all-encompassing perils of climate change.
The Real Border Crisis Trump’s Not Talking About
Mar 6 • 33 min
This week, we take a deeper look at the real crisis at the border. Host Jamilah King talks to Mother Jones immigration reporter Fernanda Echavarri about her most recent dispatches.
Rehabs Are Targeting and Trapping Opioid Users
Feb 27 • 27 min
On today’s show, we hear the results of a nine-month Mother Jones investigation into how rehab recruiters are luring recovering opioid users into a deadly cycle.
How to Finally Reboot the Oscars
Feb 20 • 32 min
Joining host Jamilah King for a hilarious—and blistering—conversation about what the Oscars are getting right and wrong are April Reign, the founder of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, and Tre’vell Anderson, the Entertainment and Culture Director at Out…
So Many Candidates. Who Can Beat Trump?
Feb 13 • 29 min
Whether you like it or not, the 2020 race has already begun. But with so many new candidates, who poses the most serious threat to President Trump’s chance at a second term? Andrea González-Ramírez, Refinery29, and Josh Barro, New York Magazine, join…
The Maddening Fight for 6-Year-Old Moira Ermentrout
Feb 6 • 21 min
This week, we take a look at one family’s fight against America’s broken healthcare system—one that’s failing some of the most vulnerable among us.
Everyone Hates the State of the Union Address
Jan 30 • 29 min
The State of the Union address: What exactly is the point? Host Jamilah King explores this time-honored presidential moment with two guests: James Fallows, staff writer at The Atlantic, and Jeffrey Engel, founding director of the Center for Presidential…
Breaking News Edition: Why Roger Stone’s Arrest Should Scare Don Jr.
Jan 25 • 12 min
A special breaking news edition pulls apart Robert Mueller’s indictment of Trump’s longtime adviser, Roger Stone.
The Painful Reality of Surviving Trump’s Shutdown
Jan 23 • 29 min
Surviving the shutdown: Today, Mother Jones listeners who are employed by the federal government share their wrenching stories of trying to make ends meet as the longest government shutdown in US history grinds into its fifth week.
Mr. President, Have You Ever Worked for Russia?
Jan 16 • 27 min
Host Jamilah King is joined by our DC bureau chief David Corn, and Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root, to help you find your way through the confusing, potentially terrifying news about the President and his loyalties.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Biggest Fight
Jan 9 • 23 min
WTF is the Green New Deal? Today, we take a historical look at the polarizing plan, beginning with Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s depression-era economic jumpstart, and trace how ideas of environmental justice and the green economy have evolved across…
He Was Dying. Then Doctors Tried Some Forgotten Viruses.
Jan 2 • 26 min
Happy New Year! This week, as the podcast team gears up for a brand new 2019 season, we’re revisiting two of our most talked-about segments from 2018.
Be a Better You: How to Break Political Tribalism
Dec 26, 2018 • 37 min
Moral philosopher and author Kwame Anthony Appiah talks to Mother Jones Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery about how to be a better you.
DeRay Mckesson on How to Turn Outrage into Hope
Dec 19, 2018 • 20 min
As 2018 ends and progressive communities continue to resist the Trump administration, DeRay Mckesson tells engaging stories from the frontlines of activism.
“Broad City” Star Ilana Glazer Takes Over the Podcast
Dec 12, 2018 • 29 min
On this week’s show, host Jamilah King hands over interviewing duties to a surprise guest: Co-creator and star of the Comedy Central hit Broad City, Ilana Glazer. This podcast was recorded live in Brooklyn in October by Generator Collective, a group…
David Byrne Rode His Bike to Our Office and Talked About Everything
Dec 5, 2018 • 30 min
Mother Jones interviews iconic pop artist David Byrne about Talking Heads, police shootings, Janelle Monáe, stage fright, “True Stories” and fake news.
Trump Put a Target on Our Backs: Trans Americans Fight Back
Nov 28, 2018 • 28 min
This week, trans listeners share candid, revealing stories about life under Trump.
How the Trump-Addicted Media Blew Another Election
Nov 21, 2018 • 30 min
Two of the biggest, brightest minds in the media business join us in the studio this week: Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan and Vox media critic Carlos Maza. Host Jamilah King leads a lively discussion about Facebook’s scandals, its…
Lie, Block, Betray: Trump After the Blue Wave
Nov 14, 2018 • 24 min
The midterms aren’t over. Travel with Mother Jones to the battleground states where votes are still being counted.
Breaking News Edition: Trump Goes Full Mob Boss
Nov 7, 2018 • 9 min
It happened: The Attorney General of the United States has been fired. This news came with a giant Trumpian thump Wednesday morning—while votes are still being counted in an election that handed the House back to Democrats for the first time in eight…
Trump Wakes Up Shaking
Nov 7, 2018 • 22 min
On this late-breaking episode: How to understand this historic night as the political makeup of the country is being written in real-time—like, as we record. Despite some big losses and reports of long lines at the polls, the Democrats had a huge night.…
Trump Ate the GOP. Now He’s Digesting It.
Oct 31, 2018 • 30 min
On today’s show, our Washington D.C. bureau chief David Corn offers his assessment of how the president and his party are mining the worst of America’s ancient grievances—on race, religion, and nationalism—for new electoral advantages. Also on the show: A…
It’s Finally Time to Talk About the Polls
Oct 24, 2018 • 31 min
On this week’s show: After 2016, can we really trust the polls? With just two weeks until the midterm elections on November 6, we gather some of the biggest brains in the business to round up everything you need to know about numbers, numbers, numbers.…
Road Trip Through the Battleground States
Oct 17, 2018 • 21 min
On this week’s show: Buckle up for a Mother Jones road trip to three of the most contentious battleground states in the upcoming November elections—and they’re all in the Southwest. First, Senior Reporter Tim Murphy travels to Arizona to meet activists…
The Argument for Rage
Oct 9, 2018 • 30 min
This week: We’re in the home stretch—only 27 days to go until the midterms. As Brett Kavanaugh gets to work, rockstar feminist writer Rebecca Traister joins MoJo’s Becca Andrews to discuss the political power of women’s rage and how it is reshaping…
The Conservative Case for Destroying the GOP
Oct 3, 2018 • 21 min
On this week’s episode, Mother Jones DC Bureau Chief David Corn chats with Max Boot, the lauded conservative stalwart who now believes the GOP must be destroyed—for good. Boot says that the Trumpian poison cannot be leeched. And with the stakes so high in…
Breaking News Edition: Ford’s Bravery, Kavanaugh’s Fury
Sep 27, 2018 • 12 min
A special episode of the Mother Jones Podcast: All the breaking news from the Kavanaugh hearings, explained. First, the gut-wrenching testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when…
A Constitutional Crisis Is Just a Tweet Away
Sep 26, 2018 • 30 min
On this week’s episode, inside the fight for Medicaid expansion at the polls in November. The fate of Obamacare is on the ballot—and now up to voters in Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, and Utah. Meet one campaigner in this Red State Resistance trying to expand…
Voting Has Never Been Harder—or More Important
Sep 19, 2018 • 31 min
On this week’s show: Everything you need to know about the fierce, multi-pronged attack on your vote in November—and how to fight back. Spoiler alert: it’s urgent, with glimmers of hope. Mother Jones voting rights reporter Ari Berman tells you which races…
The Viruses That Could Save Us All
Sep 12, 2018 • 22 min
On this week’s show, a love story wrapped in a medical mystery—with a Cold War twist. Tom Patterson, a psychologist, was dying from a seemingly unstoppable superbug infection. For months, world-class doctors threw everything at him but nothing worked.…
The Mind-Boggling Private Prison Comeback
Sep 5, 2018 • 25 min
On this week’s episode, Mother Jones senior reporter Shane Bauer reports on the surging profits of the private prison industry thanks to Trump. More than two-thirds of all immigration detainees are held by private prison companies, and nine of the 10…
America’s Rage-Inducing Student Debt Machine
Aug 29, 2018 • 22 min
On this week’s show: How the nation’s flagship loan forgiveness program is failing the very people it’s supposed to help. You’ll hear the disturbing firsthand account of how the mismanaged Public Service Loan Forgiveness has left one participant swimming…
Cohen, Guilty. Manafort, Guilty. Now What?
Aug 22, 2018 • 30 min
Two top Trump-world figures in disgrace. This week, twin legal developments rocked the presidency: Trump’s former campaign boss Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud, and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance…
Parkland Teens Are Throwing Everything at the Midterms
Aug 15, 2018 • 33 min
Six months ago, a group of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, changed the way America talks about guns. Before Parkland, it was relatively safe for many Democrats to oppose gun reform, but now they—and even some…
Putin Is Hacking America on Trump’s Watch
Aug 8, 2018 • 26 min
The midterm elections are in serious danger of being hacked. Why has the White House and its GOP allies in Congress done so little to combat the threat? On this week’s episode, reporters Pema Levy and AJ Vicens discuss their new investigation into the…
Ben Carson’s War on Fair Housing
Aug 1, 2018 • 26 min
During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump asked black voters, “What do you have to lose?” This Illinois town found out. Mother Jones reporter Tim Murphy shares the tragic story of how one neglected community got caught up in Ben Carson’s crusade against fair…
#MeToo Heads to Church
Jul 25, 2018 • 23 min
As a teen, Emily Joy was abused by a church youth leader. Now, she’s leading a movement to change Evangelical America. MoJo’s Becca Andrews tells host Jamilah King how #ChurchToo has opened the floodgates and forced a long-awaited reckoning. Also on the…
Rev. William Barber Is Fighting Like Hell for Democracy
Jul 18, 2018 • 29 min
Tune in for a special, fiery conversation between Mother Jones senior reporter Ari Berman and The Reverend William Barber. Recorded at a live event in Berkeley, California, they discuss how Barber’s movement has built a progressive coalition in the South,…
Can Violent Racists Kick Their Addiction to Hate?
Jul 11, 2018 • 23 min
Shane Johnson was born into the Ku Klux Klan—now he works to convince others not to join hate groups. How did he get out? And what can we learn from his story? Mother Jones senior editor Wes Enzinna shares exclusive audio from his interviews with the…
Who Gets to Make America
Jul 4, 2018 • 26 min
A show about immigration, art, and the hidden history of the national anthem. Rapper-turned-director Boots Riley joins host Jamilah King to talk about his debut film, the dystopian comedy, “Sorry to Bother You.” At the southern border, Mother Jones…
Nightmare at the Border
Jun 27, 2018 • 26 min
As the nation reels from the sounds of crying migrant children separated from parents at the border, the Mother Jones Podcast turns to those who are desperately waiting for answers. Texas Tribune investigative reporter Neena Satija takes you to the…
Dan Pfeiffer Tries to Save America
Jun 20, 2018 • 24 min
Dan Pfeiffer, one of the most influential political voices from the Obama White House, has a plan to fight back. In this week’s episode, the former White House communications chief talks about his new book, “Yes We (Still) Can,” which elaborates on the…
Strippers, Guns, and Cash: Selling Painkillers in America
Jun 13, 2018 • 28 min
The historic nuclear summit. Mother Jones DC bureau chief David Corn explains why President Trump’s Singapore appearance was one of the worst days of his presidency. Also on the show: MoJo’s Julia Lurie talks with host Jamilah King about her exclusive…
Torn Apart by Trump’s Travel Ban
Jun 6, 2018 • 24 min
Extraordinary stories of living in limbo: On this week’s episode, you’ll hear from real Mother Jones readers who have had their lives upended by President Trump’s travel ban and are now awaiting a fateful Supreme Court decision on the policy. Host Jamilah…
Make America Toxic Again
May 30, 2018 • 26 min
It’s been a year since President Trump announced the US would pull out of the Paris climate accord. Join host Jamilah King as she speaks with Mother Jones environmental reporter Rebecca Leber about what’s going on inside the Environmental Protection…
Primary Season in America
May 23, 2018 • 27 min
Welcome to our first-ever show! Here’s what we have in store this week. We start with Senior Reporter Tim Murphy who profiles the candidates ripping up West Virginia’s political blueprint, and asks: what do their successes and failures mean for national…
Coming Soon: The Mother Jones Podcast
May 17, 2018 • 1 min
Follow the thread. Untangle the news. The Mother Jones Podcast is coming soon, featuring original and independent journalism from our award-winning newsroom.